NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A high school principal who made headlines when he set up a laundry room in the school has come up with another way to help students from disadvantaged families.
Principal Akbar Cook gave CBS News’ Jeff Glor a tour of Newark’s West Side High School, where he started a new program called “Lights On.”READ MORE: New York City Councilmember 'Baffled' By Mayor's Hesitance To Mandate Masks As Delta Variant Spreads
The school is open from 6 to 11 p.m. on Fridays during the school year and three nights a week in the summer.Yankees Ace Gerrit Cole Tests Positive For COVID-19, Will Not Make Scheduled Start Tuesday
Glor: “6 p.m. to 11 p.m. you’re supposed to be home – eating dinner, doing homework, sleeping?”
Cook: “That’s not the case… My babies are taking care of their younger siblings. Their parents are either working hard and kind of taking these odd jobs, or the parents are not there at all.”MORE NEWS: Exclusive: Cellphone Video Shows NYPD Sergeant Throw Man To Ground During Violent Arrest On Lower East Side
The principal said he’s been focusing on students basic needs to help build confidence and improve academic performance.